A report, published by the Office for National Statistics, includes data for the sub-Wales regions.

The estimates for Wales(1)

  • GVA per hour worked indexed to the UK for 2017 was 83.6%; the lowest of the twelve UK countries and English regions.
  • GVA per job (relative to the UK) was 81.7% in Wales. This was the lowest GVA per job of the 12 UK countries and English regions. 
  • Estimates published in December 2018 show that GVA per head (relative to the UK) was 72.9%. This was the lowest GVA per head of the twelve UK countries and English regions.

The regional Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics 2 (NUTS2) estimates

  • GVA per hour worked for 2017 in East Wales was 89.2% of the UK figure and in West Wales and the Valleys was 79.5% of the UK average. Between 2016 and 2017 GVA per hour increased in both East Wales and West Wales and the Valleys relative to the UK (up 0.4 and 0.1 percentage points, respectively).
  • GVA per job (relative to the UK) in East Wales and West Wales and the Valleys at 87.5% and 77.4% of the UK average respectively for 2017. Between 2016 and 2017 GVA per job in East Wales increased by 0.5 percentage points relative to the UK average and West Wales and the Valleys increased by 0.2 percentage points (to one decimal place.)
  • Estimates published in December 2018 show that GVA per head (relative to the UK) in East Wales and West Wales and the Valleys at 89.9% and 62.8% of the UK average per head respectively in 2017. Between 2016 and 2017 GVA per head in West Wales and the Valleys fell by 0.3 percentage points relative to the UK average, whilst East Wales increased by 0.2 percentage points.

The regional Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics 3 (NUTS3) estimates

  • Powys had the lowest GVA per hour worked of the 174 NUTS3 areas in the UK in 2017 (65.2% of the UK figure) and Gwynedd had the fifth lowest (71.9%(r) of the UK figure). Flintshire and Wrexham were the highest ranked Welsh NUTS3 area (at 96.4% of the UK figure).
  • Powys was the NUTS3 area with the lowest GVA per job in Wales in 2017 (at 65.9% of the UK average per job). Flintshire and Wrexham was the highest ranked Welsh NUTS3 area (at 96.4% of the UK average).

(r) Revised on 02 July 2019

Notes

As agreed with the Office for Statistics Regulation, these statistics will be updated at 12.30pm on the day of release by ONS.

(1) The Office for National Statistics publish figures for Wales as part of the annual regional and sub-regional productivity in the UK and the quarterly labour productivity, UK release. The Wales figures in these two releases are calculated using the same methodology but are based on different GVA approaches. The Wales figures quoted in this headline are from the sub-regional productivity release to be consistent with the rest of the data used throughout this headline.

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